Self-guided content (allot 2-3 months, 50-60 hours)
(8) 3-Hour Live Online Sessions
About the Class
This training is intended for Architects and Engineers. CPHCs learn to design to the Phius Certification climate-specific building standard. Projects earning Phius certifications (Phius CORE, Phius ZERO and Phius REVIVE) follow RESNET QA/QC protocols and achieve excellent HERS scores, US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home status, and adhere to EPA indoor airPLUS requirements.
Express Grant Eligibility
Employers with 100 or fewer Massachusetts employees are eligible to receive Express Program grants. In order to be eligible for Express Program grant reimbursement, an Express Program grant application must be submitted no fewer than 21 days before the live-session start date, and you must register for the course through BE+, not Phius. The cost of the certification exam is not covered by the Express Grant Program, and must be paid for out-of-pocket by the company.
Phius (Passive House Institute US) trains and certifies professionals, maintains the Phius climate-specific passive building standard, certifies and quality assures passive buildings, certifies high-performance building products and conducts research to advance high-performance building. Phius established the CPHC program in 2008 to distinguish accomplished passive building professionals in the marketplace. CPHC ® is a registered certification mark of Phius used with permission.
1. Learn the principles of passive building design: heat transfer, air-tightness, thermal bridge free detailing, super-insulation, high-efficiency ventilation, moisture control.
2. Perform passive house verification using WUFI® Passive, the next-generation dynamic modeling tool developed in partnership with Fraunhofer IBP and Owens Corning.
3. Perform energy modeling by completing an entire project including energy balancing (static and dynamic).
4. Implement high performance building science principles and passive house techniques in residential, commercial, and retrofit scenarios across all North American climate zones.
5. Study built examples—including mechanical systems—for each North American climate zone.
6. Learn about suitable materials and components available in local U.S. and Canadian markets, and details for passive house applications according to climate.
7. Learn the best air tightness strategies, thermal bridge free detailing, and how to evaluate your design in THERM.
8. Learn how to assure quality and performance for your client from the design process through construction using Phius Certification and QA/QC.
Phase I Enrollment
Upon registration and payment, BE+ will send you a link to set up a PHIUS account and start the course on the PHIUS website. If you previously completed training through the Phius Training site, sign into the Training site using your existing username and password
You will have access to the Phase I self-guided training materials for 12 months from your time of registration. This includes access to the Phase I Online Exam as well, 1 of the 2 required exams for CPHC® certification. The online exam can be taken at a time of your choosing, but must be completed within the 12 month window, and must be completed in one sitting. Additional information about the exam can be found on the Phius training site.
Phase I of the CPHC training comprises a series of pre-recorded online virtual sessions taught by expert instructors, collected readings, recommended resources, and quizzes; altogether comprising about 50-60 hours of learning material. Enrollees have access to Phase I materials for 12 months.
Phase II Enrollment
The second phase of CPHC training focuses on design exercises, and WUFI Passive and THERM software training. Both Phase I and II are required to successfully complete the course and to be eligible to take the final exam. Phase II also includes group projects, homework assignments and online tutorials.
All Phase II sessions will be held live online unless otherwise noted. Phase II consists of eight 3-hour instructor-led training sessions across 2 weeks followed by a design exam. See Training Schedule below.
You will be enrolled in the Phase II Design Exam that opens at the end of your Phase II session. The exam is due 4 weeks after it opens, and typically takes 20-25 hours to complete.
Phase I: Self-Guided Content
Start 6-8 weeks prior to Phase II start date
Phase II: Live-Online Content
March 4th – 15th
Session 1: Monday, March 4th | 12:00-3:00pm
Session 2: Tuesday, ,March 5th | 12:00-3:00pm
Session 3: Thursday, March 7th | 12:00-3:00pm
Session 4: Friday, March 8th | 12:00-3:00pm
Session 5: Monday, March 11th | 12:00-3:00pm
Session 6: Tuesday, March 12th | 12:00-3:00pm
Session 7: Thursday, March 14th | 12:00-3:00pm
Session 7: Friday, March 15th | 12:00-3:00pm
Exam: You will be enrolled in the Phase II Design Exam that opens at the end of your Phase II session.
Phius is an AIA National, International, and Distance CES Provider.
Phase I: Earn 40 LU/HSW units
Phase II: Earn 40 LU/HSW units
Phius CPHC Training is approved by GBCI
Earn 32 CEU
Continuing education credits are available from the Building Performance Institute
Earn 37.13 CE credits
Phase II focuses on energy modeling using WUFI Passive Software. WUFI Passive requires Windows OS. If you use a Mac, you must have a working copy of Windows installed. Mac users need to purchase and install VMWare Fusion, Bootcamp, or Parallels, along with a Windows operating system. VMWare Fusion is recommended.
Grant deadline: February 12th
Employers with 100 or fewer Massachusetts employees are eligible to receive Express Program grants. Please note that you must submit an Express Grant application minimum of 21 days out from the live training start date. Complete an Express Grant application here.
$1,950.00 is eligible for grant funding. (The total course cost is $2,100. $150 is the cost of the exam and must be paid out-of-pocket by the company).
The Express Grant is designed to help businesses of all sizes respond quickly to emerging needs and keep employees engaged. With bite-size grants for just-in-time training and no waiting periods between grants, the Express program is the Workforce Training Fund’s fastest path to funding.
Course ID#: 1134101
Course provider: Built Environment Plus
Course cost: $1,950.00
Cost type: Tuition